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Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 19:27:44 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Classic 900 v 9-3 ?

The 9-3 would make a good alternative, but I would not buy it new. For the same money as a new 9-3, you have many other choices. But, since Saabs don't hold their value, a previously owned 9-3 makes a good car. Now for the pros and cons, only my opinion: 1. You can't beat the big curved windshield of a Classic or the visibility out of the back. Any of the current models, Toyota, Saab, Nissan etc all seem to have the flat front windshield and the high back end (small rear window=visibility issues), so any of the current cars have about the same visibility, 9-3 included. 2. The current models have glass sun roofs while the Classics have steel sun roofs. Why is this important? It could cost your life or cause injuries. I had another car with a glass run roof. A tree fell on the roof while I was driving. The glass sun roof shattered, it is not laminated glass. If I did not have inside cover closed the glass pieces would have sprayed all over me. However - you won't be able to get a steel sunroof in the current 9-3, so this is another point for the Classic. 3. The unique engine arrangement of the Classic has been given credit for its superior handling in the snow - but you know that already from driving your Classic. 4. The current 9-3 is as good any other car out there, but if I could find a Classic I would buy one. I currently own two Classics and know where a 1987 Silver (red leather)turbo 3 door hatchback is for sale in the Northern Virginia area. Matt wrote: > My old Classic 900 is sadly now nearing the point where it has to go to the > great scrap yard in the sky :( > > I've been trying to find a low mileage Classic 900 to replace it but it > looks like they're like hen's teeth! > > So, i'm starting to consider a 9-3, i've heard far too many negative things > about GM's first incarnation of the 900 to dismiss that > > What is the 9-3 like?, strengths/weaknesses?, how does it compare to the > Classic 900?, would it make a good alternative? > > Ta > > Matt > > >

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